England’s unpickable XV shows what Borthwick is up against this summer - Ruck

England’s unpickable XV shows what Borthwick is up against this summer

George Ford joins the growing list of unavailable stars due to a variety of reasons including injury, ineligibility, post-World Cup retirement, and personal matters.

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Throughout this year’s Six Nations, Ford served as the fly-half, but following his completion of the club season with Sale, it has been determined that he requires time to recuperate from a pre-existing Achilles condition, based on specialist medical advice.

Expressing disappointment over Ford’s absence in upcoming matches in Japan and New Zealand, England head coach Steve Borthwick stated, “Naturally we’re disappointed that George won’t be with us… we have decided this is the best course of action.”

Acknowledging Ford’s significant role in the team, Borthwick added, “George is a big part of the England team… I know will rehab diligently to ensure he gets himself right as soon as he can.”

The withdrawals, whether voluntary or forced, have impacted every position, leaving a notable void in the potential Test team lineup.

England’s Unavailable XV:

15. Henry Arundell – Unavailable

14. Jack Nowell – Unavaileble

13. Manu Tuilagi – Unavailable

12. Owen Farrell – Unavailable

11. Elliot Daly – Personal reasons

10. George Ford – Injured

9. Ben Youngs – Retired

1. Ellis Genge – Injured

2. Nic Dolly – Unavailable

3. Kyle Sinckler – Unavailable

4. Courtney Lawes – Retired/Unavailable

5. Ollie Chessum – Injured

6. Lewis Ludlam – Unavailable

7. Jack Willis – Unavailable

8. Sam Simmonds – Unavailable

Predicted England squad for the summer:

Steve Borthwick is preparing for his first summer tour as England’s head coach, where he will face off against Japan and the formidable All Blacks in 2024.

t’s been a decade since England’s last visit to New Zealand, a challenging 2014 series under Stuart Lancaster resulting in a 3-0 defeat.

The memories of the 2008 tour aren’t any sweeter, with England tasting defeat in both Tests against the All Blacks. However, a glimmer of triumph emerged in 2003, as they secured a thrilling 15-13 victory over New Zealand just before the Rugby World Cup.

In this highly anticipated tour, Borthwick’s squad will face a formidable challenge with only two tests against the All Blacks, following a clash with Japan in Tokyo.

Here is the list of our predicted squad organised by their current clubs. It’s already been confirmed George Ford and Ellis Genge have been ruled out through injury.


  • Joe Marler
  • Fin Baxter
  • Chandler Cunningham-South
  • Alex Dombrandt
  • Marcus Smith

Bristol Bears

  • Harry Randall
  • Max Malins


  • Jamie George
  • Nick Isiekwe
  • Theo Dan
  • Maro Itoje
  • Ben Earl